Health & Wellness Resources for Travel Nurses
Nursing is a stressful profession, and travel nursing is even more so. It’s easy to prioritize helping patients and neglect your own needs. Don’t forget to take time to be good to yourself!
Begin by exploring the health and wellness resources available to you. Look into programs at your current facility or consider relying on telehealth for consistent access to a clinician. Travel nurses must be mindful of the many resources available to help them prioritize their mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Check your new facility for wellness programs
Hospitals and healthcare facilities want to keep patients healthy and promote a healthy workplace. To accomplish this, most facilities offer their employees healthcare and wellness resources at reduced or no cost, and these services are typically available to both permanent staff and travel nurses.
When you arrive at a new facility, check with your supervisor or HR department to find out what types of programs they offer and how you can sign up.
Every facility’s program will be different, but many hospitals offer routine tests and screenings, so employees can catch potentially serious health problems early. Mental health resources are also common, including staff counseling to help you process a tough situation. Some facilities even host regular wellness classes or provide health coaches to help you adopt healthier eating patterns, learn stress relief techniques, and much more.
Using all these resources helps you stay healthy, so you can focus on keeping your patients healthy.
Keep your usual provider using telehealth
It’s not easy staying on top of routine doctor or therapy appointments when you’re in a new place every 13 weeks. Fortunately, telemedicine is making it easier for travelers to stay in touch with providers no matter where they are.
Telehealth appointments are ideal if you need to continue seeing the same provider over the course of many appointments. If you have a chronic health condition, for example, your general practitioner will be familiar with your needs. A telehealth appointment allows you to conduct regular check-ins and inform them of any changes in your condition.
Telemedicine is also great for mental health. You can simply video chat with your therapist to keep up with regularly scheduled sessions. You’ll probably find that consistency in providers delivers better wellness outcomes, and telemedicine makes that possible.
Discover the many other resources out there
Beyond programs available at your current facility or telehealth resources through your home providers, there are an abundance of programs designed to ensure healthcare professionals get what they need to stay healthy. Websites and blogs can help you find resources in your area or digital resources like discounted wellness apps. If you belong to a nursing association, the organization might also have wellness resources and programs available to members.
Travel nurses need to prioritize their health and wellbeing as much as that of their patients. It’s crucial for nurses to seek out and use the plethora of resources available to them to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well.